Bike Rack / July 20, 2018 / Corette Jolicoeur
The choice of many cyclists today is the hitch mount bike rack. Benefits of the Hitch Mount Bike Rack The last thing anyone wants to do after a long ride or race is to lift their bike high above their car and put it in a roof rack. Many of todays SUVs vans and trucks are taller than ever before. To hoist a bike onto a roof rack for those vehicles requires you play for the NBA or carry a ladder along with you. A hitch rack can be a great alternative as it usually requires hoisting of no more than shoulder height at best. A bike that is transported from the rear is protected from expensive damage that can occur with rocks bugs and other debris that can hit the bike while driving.
Towing: This type of hitch mounted bike carrier will hold three to four bikes and can tow a load of 2000 to 3500 pounds at the same time. Ball Mount: This bike holder is for vehicles that have a bumper-mounted ball hitch rather than a hitch receiver. Bear in mind though that the weight bearing capacity of a cars bumper is less than it would be with the receiver. Most ball mounted do not fold. The trend of buying bicycle racks for cars has been increasing quite dramatically in recent months. This is not only to do with the high cost of gas but the growing popularity of a very family orientated sport.
Hitch mount back racks that fit into the receiver come in either 1.25-inch or 2-inch shank sizes so it is essential that you know the size of your receptacle. Consult the vehicle owners manual for this information. Many racks however can be adapted to fit either trailer hitch. The size and style of carrier you buy will depend upon the type and number of cycles you have to transport. Know the tongue weight (TW) of the bike rack you plan to buy which is not a difficult task as there are only two. The 1.25 TW (1.25-in shank) can safely carry one or two bikes while the 2 TW (2-inch) can handle up to five.